GMC defers revalidation for a further 9,000 doctors due to pandemic
Around 9,000 doctors who are due to revalidate between March and July 2021 will have their revalidation dates pushed back by four months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GMC has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 29, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS England praises GPs after steep rise in general practice appointments
NHS England primary care medical director Dr Nikki Kanani has thanked GPs and their teams after official data showed general practice delivered 26.65m appointments last month – more than in any month since January this year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 29, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Doctors call for test and trace millions to be diverted to primary care and local NHS
Doctors have urged the government to divert hundreds of millions of pounds from the 'failing, privatised national test and trace' service to local primary care, NHS labs and public health. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Hundreds of GPs a month seek mental health support as COVID-19 pressure bites
More than 200 GPs a month are seeking mental health support as COVID-19 drives up pressure on the NHS - and demand for help is rising fastest among doctors in primary care, figures from a confidential support service suggest. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs to be told 'shortly' how they can reclaim PPE costs
Information on how practices will be reimbursed for PPE costs incurred during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will be 'announced shortly', according to NHS England. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Abusive graffiti daubed on side of GP practice in Bristol
GPs at a practice in Bristol arrived at work this week to find abusive graffiti daubed on the wall of their premises in foot-high letters. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

GPs demand support as COVID hotspots sound alarm over rising workload
GP leaders have accused the government of 'behaving as if the second wave is an unexpected surprise' as practices in COVID hotspots battle to maintain services with little to no extra support. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

GP capacity hit hard as 60% lost colleagues to self-isolation in past fortnight
More than three in five GPs say they or clinical colleagues have been forced to self-isolate within the past fortnight, with many reporting reduced capacity and cancelled appointments at a time when workload is soaring. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs feel like 'boiling frogs' as abuse over face-to-face appointments continues
GPs are continuing to face unkindness, verbal abuse and complaints - leaving staff 'close to tears' - a month after an 'insulting' NHS England letter on face-to-face care provoked negative media coverage. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

GPs place first orders from government flu jab reserve as £12m support fund rolled out
GP practices can start ordering flu vaccine from an 8m-dose government stockpile and can apply for a share of £12m in funding to cover extra costs as part of the extended 2020 campaign, the government has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Quarter of government's 8m-dose flu stockpile is vaccine granted temporary approval
A vaccine yet to be licensed in the UK accounts for more than a quarter of the 8m doses the government has promised to make available from next month as part of the expanded 2020 flu campaign. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 23, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

GPs report drop in older patients coming forward with cancer symptoms
More than half of GPs say numbers of older patients coming forward with cancer symptoms remain low compared with pre-coronavirus levels, a poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Failure to involve GPs in COVID-19 test and trace 'a disaster and a national shame'
GPs and primary care teams should have played a key role in the UK ’s efforts to test, track and trace coronavirus, according to a leading global health expert who has labelled the current system ‘a disaster and a national shame’. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Remote GP consultations a 'lifeline for the NHS' during pandemic, says Hancock
The rapid switch to remote GP consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic provided a 'lifeline for the NHS' as it faced its greatest ever challenge, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP Source Type: news

Half of GPs say patients harmed by delays to care during COVID-19 pandemic
Nearly half of GPs say patients on their list have come to harm because of delays to care during the COVID-19 pandemic, with some reporting patients have died while waiting for treatment, a GPonline poll has found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

RCGP chair 'livid' over attacks on general practice from 'armchair critics'
General practice has risen 'heroically' to unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall - who said he was 'livid' at attacks on the profession from 'armchair critics who don't get it'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP Source Type: news

GP practices face losses 'in excess of £50,000' as COVID-19 hits income
GP practices across England are facing a significant loss of income as COVID-19 dries up key funding streams, accountants have warned, with some on track to lose more than £50,000 this financial year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID-19 disrupted training for four in five doctors, GMC survey shows
The vast majority of trainee doctors have seen their training disrupted or limited by the COVID-19 pandemic, a GMC poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Professional regulation Source Type: news

MPs explore GP workload cap and flag damaging impact of intense pressure
MPs have raised the prospect of a cap on GP consultations in an investigation into workload intensity and burnout in the NHS - and heard evidence that the health service is 'paradoxically' damaging the health of people working within it. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

GPs warn government off PCN-led test and trace system
GPs have rebuffed suggestions that primary care networks (PCNs) are ‘best placed’ to run COVID-19 test and trace systems, but argue they should have greater involvement in testing. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Map: Three-fold variation in GP practice list size between CCGs
The list size of GP practices across England has grown rapidly over the past decade - but major variation remains between CCG areas. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Analysis Source Type: news

Medicines shortages drive up GP workload as prescribing costs surge £158m
Medicines shortages in England are continuing to drive up GP workload during the COVID-19 pandemic and have added more than £150m to prescribing costs in the past year alone. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 19, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Prescribing Source Type: news

Law changed to allow physios and paramedics to administer vaccines during pandemic
A wider range of healthcare workers will be allowed to administer flu and potential COVID-19 vaccines under laws introduced last week that aim to ease pressure on GPs during the pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 19, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

How have GP practices fared under CQC inspections?
The latest annual report from the CQC sets out ratings for all of the sectors it regulates. GPonline looks at how general practice has performed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 16, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

CQC flags concern over GP access despite 2m face-to-face appointments last week
The CQC plans to 'follow up' concerns about access to face-to-face GP services, warning that remote care 'does not meet the needs' of all patients - despite practices in England delivering 2m appointments in person over the past week alone. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

86,000-patient GP at Hand now holds largest practice list in England
Controversial digital first provider GP at Hand now holds the largest practice list in England with more than 86,000 patients, official data show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS England moves goalposts after new partners denied £20,000 golden hello
NHS England has changed the evidence required from practices applying for £20,000 golden hello payments for new partners after some applicants were unable to access the funding. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

GPs face wave of complaints due to COVID-19 impact on NHS
GPs could be facing a huge wave of complaints due to changes to working practices adopted during the pandemic and delays in access to secondary care, medico-legal experts have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs demand clarity on 'trigger point' for return of COVID-19 shielding
The government's three-tier COVID-19 alert system has left GPs and at-risk patients facing major uncertainty as the pandemic's second wave grows, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Shielding could return in areas hit hardest by COVID-19
The government has confirmed that shielding rules could be re-imposed in areas worst-hit by COVID-19 for a 'limited period'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Government to roll out routine testing for GPs in COVID-19 hotspots
The government plans to roll out routine COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic NHS staff in areas where the virus is spreading fastest - and hopes to expand this to GPs, NHS England's medical director has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs told to top up flu jab stocks from 8m-dose government reserve
GP practices will be able to request additional supplies of flu vaccine from an 8m-dose government reserve in the coming weeks - with deliveries to arrive in November. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Winter pressure Source Type: news

GPs among healthcare staff recognised in Queen's birthday honours
GPs who played a key role during the COVID-19 pandemic are among those to receive honours in the Queen's birthday list this year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

GPs can tackle inequalities and reduce demand by 'focusing on small cohorts'
GPs and primary care networks (PCNs) could tackle health inequalities and reduce demand on practices by breaking down patient lists into smaller, manageable cohorts and looking at how their needs could be addressed, a leading GP has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

GPs can tackle inequalities and reduce demand by 'focussing on small cohorts'
GPs and primary care networks (PCNs) could tackle health inequalities and reduce demand on practices by breaking down patient lists into smaller, manageable cohorts and looking at how their needs could be addressed, a leading GP has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

PCN social prescribing workforce is 'over 1,300' and rising, says NHS England
NHS England has said there are currently over 1,300 social prescribers working with primary care networks (PCNs) across the country and that it is 'on track' to double that figure – with a further 500 set to join the workforce shortly. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Face-to-face GP appointments and home visits up 50% in a month
Face-to-face GP appointments and home visits have surged by more than 50% in the past month, while telephone consultations remain at their highest point since the pandemic began, analysis by GPonline reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 9, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Majority of doctors back shift in BMA stance on assisted dying
More than half of GPs and six in 10 doctors overall believe the BMA should change its stance on assisted dying, according to the largest-ever poll of the medical profession on the issue. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Ethical practice Source Type: news

Recycle unspent PCN cash to strengthen practices in second COVID spike, GPs urge
Practices unable to spend primary care network (PCN) recruitment funding should be allowed to redirect it to ease workload pressures during the second coronavirus peak, GPs have said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

LMCs fight back over false claims that GP practices are not working hard enough
LMCs are fighting back over damaging claims about GPs' response to the COVID-19 pandemic - warning MPs that the profession has 'never faltered or stopped' and collecting data to demonstrate the strain practices are under. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

City-wide team supporting GPs across Newcastle wins social prescribing award
A GP federation's social prescribing service that covers all 31 practices in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has been recognised in the annual social prescribing link worker day awards. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS to roll out specialist long COVID clinics across England
NHS England has unveiled plans to offer patients experiencing long COVID symptoms support from GPs and other health professionals at specialist clinics across the country. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 7, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

RCGP announces virtual annual conference will take place in February
The RCGP has announced plans for a two-day virtual event in February to replace the annual conference it was unable to run this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 7, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP Source Type: news

Reagent shortage a 'kick in the guts' for GPs already facing decision fatigue
A shortage of chemical reagents used in laboratory testing has forced GPs to stop as many as 70% of tests and has come as a 'kick in the guts' for doctors already managing increased clinical risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, GP leaders have said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 7, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Winter pressure Source Type: news

GP at Hand to hold largest patient list in England
GP at Hand is set to become England's largest practice after the provider currently in top spot announced it will break up next year - but the controversial digital first outfit's patient list could outgrow its rivals well before then. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Technology Source Type: news

Largest GP practice list in England to be broken up from April
A superpractice serving more than 100,000 patients - including 84,794 on England's largest single patient list - will be broken up into smaller units from next year to work better with primary care networks (PCNs). (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: New care models Source Type: news

Three quarters of GPs report patients struggling to get COVID tests
Almost three quarters of GPs say their patients have struggled to access COVID-19 tests in recent weeks - with many reporting rising practice workload as a result, polling by GPonline reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

NICE, SIGN and RCGP to develop 'rapid guidance' on long COVID
New guidance on the persistent effects of COVID-19 on patients, or long COVID, is to be developed by NICE, SIGN and the RCGP. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs urge government to consider indirect COVID-19 harms in lockdown decisions
The government must give greater consideration to indirect COVID-19 harms when making decisions about ongoing restrictions or risk a 'myriad' of long-term health issues, GPs have warned in a letter to health secretary Matt Hancock. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

RCGP seeks assurances from Hancock on flu jab supplies for GP practices
RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall has written to the health secretary asking for assurances that GP practices will have access to sufficient supplies of the flu vaccine this winter. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - October 5, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news